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Grateful Dead Live at William and Mary College Hall on 1973-09-11

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Sugaree, The Race is On, Loser, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, El Paso, Mississippi Half Step, Playin' In The Band Let Me Sing*, Weather Report Suite Prelude*-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow*, Row Jimmy, Big River, Deal, Beat It On Down The Line, Dark Star-> Morning Dew, Sugar Magnolia

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue William and Mary College Hall
Location Williamsburg, VA

Source Soundboard
Lineage MSR> one cassette gen> DAT> CDR> shn


MSR> one cassette gen> DAT> CDR> shn); via George Lanum; see info file and pub comments for flaw notes


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - September 11, 2015
Subject: --
Beautiful sbd - all tunes played rather perfect, actually. The centerpiece is, of course, that selection from Wake of the Flood with Fierro (your Legion of Mary/Garcia-Saunders "squonker") and Joe Ellis. For those puzzled at the inclusion of horns, remember how great Branford/Ornette sounded in the 90s - it's a matter of how they're used. Here it's OK - interesting....LIG sounds fantastic even all-around.

The Dark Star > Dew is the big one for me. If that brain-rattling thing from Phil went on for a solid hour I'd have absolutely no problem with it. And to drop into Dew the way it does, man - prime stuff. Source changes here, if that sort of thing bothers you.

I think this is the show Hornsby attended and became inspired by, if I remember correctly. Oh, and that's wishful thinking to believe Garcia would have *anything* explicit to say regarding the 9/11/73 situation in Chile. The man wasn't Bono.
Reviewer: serious the dog - - August 23, 2015
Subject: About 9/11/73
I'm sure you meant to say Allende's DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED government, and the installment of Gen.Augusto Pinochet's Fascist government, right? A day I've never forgotten either, nor should any American, Dead Head or not. The show is, of course, splendid.
Reviewer: Niass200 - - August 21, 2015
Subject: About 9/11 Mickeys Bday and 9/11/01 Vs. 9/11/73
Deadheads don't forget this day was the very day in 1973 that Kissinger and President Nixon sponsored a Coup-D'Etat in Chile and kills thousands of people, human rights activists and those who didnt want Allende's fasict government. That was done with financialand direct support from the USA and its people. So, one could really say fuck the USA. But, I digrss, this show is killer as I sit here post "Chicago" waiting for the 2015 fall tour to be annpounced. Jerry would maybe say we sghouldnever forget 9/11/73, for thi sdhow and to rememberthose who died in Chile that day, and that the uS should mind its own business so we don't have another 9/11./01 due to everyone but some guy in Tennesee hating the USA in the worlds 191 countries. They know Kissinger but they never knew our American Hero, Mr. Garcia.
Reviewer: TazRama - - March 27, 2015
Subject: My first show!
This was my first Grateful Dead show, the start of my lifelong love for the band. I can vividly remember the wash of blue lights during Morning Dew, at the end of a magical evening.
Reviewer: chris phillips - - January 8, 2015
Subject: Dewski
China Cat, Playin' and Dark Star are excellent.
Reviewer: gaZeebo - - September 30, 2013
Subject: parent's weekend was 1978 show
From what I have heard, the Parent's Weekend show was in 1978 (4/15). The dead actually played two nights here in 73, this night and the following night. Must have been nice!
Reviewer: slideonover - - May 27, 2013
Subject: amazing
I can't believe this is available. I was at this show and it really brings back memories. The whole wall of sound, Jerry's wing back chair back stage. Great recording. I do remember being a bit disappointed they didn't do Eyes of the world.
Reviewer: Motes - - January 13, 2013
Subject: Nice jack straw, not the best
As a response to review of best, give me your 1&2:

1. Binghamton 11/6/77, best ever.
2. Philly 3/31/87, personal 2nd best, fired up version

3 stars overall
Reviewer: portmcgroin - - January 15, 2011
Subject: no sound
problem with stream please try and fix.
Reviewer: Jerry-Side Left - - September 12, 2010
Subject: Greatest Jack Straw ever?
Well, it sure sounds like it it AT THE LEAST ranks inb the Top 3...please someone give me your # 1 & 2.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - January 6, 2010
Subject: good horns show
just listened to most of this show the other day. the best thing about was was a great L.I.G. that is just so jazzy with martin on that sax. i agree that this is one of the better ones out there. interesting how they go back into the prelude theme at the end too; don't think i've heard that before. the dark star is interesting as well and phil gets wild (but i like it), here though its the dew that really dews it (jer shreeeeds); not the best combo of these songs ever played (that goes to 9/21/72 easily) but still good. china-rider was mellow but good enough. over all a show i would recommend hearing, but for me, can't touch the best of the year, such as 11/17, 3/24, 2/15, 12/6, and 6/22.

p.s. i'm kinda glad "sing your blues away" went back on the shelf after these september horn shows. its an ok song, but keiths voice just ruins it imo
Reviewer: mellowmymind5453 - - December 14, 2009
Subject: dark star/ morning dew
Saw a bunch of '73 shows as a wild youth, but not this one, this seems to be very special one indeed! Sing your Blues Away is very jazzy with sometimes honking sax. Dark Star into Morning Dew is epic. Starts out a very sweet, low-key DS but soons starts to swing out and then morphs into Phil Lesh bombs and feedback. Everything is played perfectly-definitely a keeper. Puts a smile on my face to listen to.
Reviewer: rick e. - - December 13, 2009
This show has always been one of my favorites,although the copy I had for years was an audience.the aud I have is comparable in quality to 7-1-73.I love the soundboard too,but the horns are a bit loud in the mix on Weather Report Suite.On the aud you can hear the horns from the start of Weather Report Suite. For years I wanted a sbd of this and here it is(thank you !).I really hope someone will upload the audience version ,I believe it will be worth the discs to get it if you can.
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - - September 29, 2009
Subject: Enter:CourtJester
Anyone understand hate ...

yes ... i understand sorrow ...

but no ... no gettum too fired up about war crud ...

i say spleef the moon ... and see if you can find your way back to get some munchies and maybe scratch yer balls
Reviewer: Sedula - - September 12, 2009
Subject: Dr. Flashback is an A-hole!
Dr. Flashback wrote: "Once upon a time, before all the terrorist propaganda bullsh@@t began, Sept. 11th meant something different - Mickey Hart's birthday!! So when you've had enough of all the media fear mongering - get out this show and crank it up. Your state of mind will improve immediately!"

Fuck off A-hole!! I lost a lot of friends that day and could give a fuck that it is Mickey Hart's B-day. It also is my niece's B-day. So fucking what! We were attacked and war was thrown upon us that day. But I bet you are one of the idiots who think that to remember this & Pearl Harbor is fear-mongering. Perhaps it would have been better if we lost you instead of the heroes on 9-11. Go blow yourself jerkoff!
Reviewer: NYLifer - - September 11, 2009
Subject: A Classic
Blow meester blow!!! Chut up
Peace, Bob
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - February 3, 2009
Subject: One of the best from '73
Perhaps a bit layed back for some, but the horns work during this performance and Let it Grow is certainly among the best ever.

This George Lanum file sounds very, very good, but an upgrade would be welcome. The China/Rider segue is a bit mellow, but extremely well jammed, and Playin' is simply dynamite!

A show for the Philophiles, Lesh is really throwing his weight around, and Dark Star, with plenty of twists and turns features some dangerous notes creating quite the unique Morning Dew.

This is a top ten show of 1973!
Reviewer: deadreview - - November 15, 2007
Subject: GD @ W & M
This show is really good. It is, in my opinion, the best show of '73. Jerry gets creative with his solo's and the band seems content. Phil is just playing well into the groove and everything else that makes things good. The 'banter' at this one definitely sent some people for a loop. They are very much playing together for this one, and there is great external collaboration. Although I usually prefer '74 shows, this show has a really good feel to it.
"happy, happy, happy, happy home" at William and Mary has a touch of irony to it as well.
Reviewer: spacface - - April 18, 2007
Subject: The mighty Lesh
There's one word to describe this show, PHIL!!!! I don't think this show is uneven at all. How many have a bone rattling bass solo like this one? China>Rider is hot, but Dark Star>Morning dew is simply awe inspiring.
Reviewer: latefordinner - - April 8, 2007
Subject: Big deal
Funny, I don't remember this show being this uneven. High point; China Cat into Know You Rider
Reviewer: Franklin's Towel - - January 12, 2007
Subject: Incredible
The first guy that wrote a review said that this era is not known for its Dark Stars.....are we talking about the same band???? Even with the patches in awful places, this is one of the best shows of the year. I'm a big fan of the DS>Dew combo, and this one is completely outrageous.

Also, calling William and Mary a Catholic school is like calling Notre Dame a Druid school.
Reviewer: rollandfin - - September 12, 2006
Subject: enjoyable show
September 73 is changing the band, obviously wrs>lig is a major addition to the act, that it's fine tonight with the horns, check out the 21s of sept for the killer version, its hard to understand the jazz era without this song, farnkely it's relevant in many years, you have to hear the 7/18/76 take, as well as some of the versions from Fall 77 and ovcourse freedom hall. Unforgetable stuff.

email me at happy to share with some good listeners
Reviewer: BertrandRussell - - May 18, 2006
Subject: Wow!
This is a 5-star show, no doubt. The only caveat is the AUD patch towards the end of Morning Dew. It's such a tasty SBD that it hurts when the AUD patch comes in (and it's a good AUD patch too).

Anyhow, Morning Dew is unbelievable. The whole show flows perfectly. Great night for Jerry on this one!
Reviewer: sky dog - - May 17, 2006
Subject: Excellent
This is a great show that sort of mixes the explosiveness of their early catalogue with improving musicianship

Phil's booming solo at the end of Dark Star rocks the speakers

They take Morning Dew from 100 mph to a crawl at a whim and sound flawless doing so

A lot of my personal favorites are well represented: Sugaree, The Race Is On, China>Rider, Playing in the Band, Big River, Beat it on Down the Line, Morning Dew and of course Sugar Magnolia
Reviewer: VLA - - May 8, 2006
Subject: great sound quality
the china->rider is fantastic!
Reviewer: gruUbic - - May 6, 2006
Subject: 09-11-73
Great vocals...
HQ tape --
neat venue
China > Rider bridge, bad as they come ------->

phil's (almost) perfect

outputs way crispy.

Reviewer: Evil Pac Man - - April 22, 2006
Subject: NIIIICE...
This is just a good, quality 73 show. No two ways about it.

The sound is clean and crisp, Jerry's voice is in fine form and the band is energetic and willing to step out.

Definitely in the upper Tier of 1973 shows.....and that's sayin ALOT ;)
Reviewer: fmichael - - April 11, 2006
Subject: beauty in a clear drop of dew
Blistering Sugaree down to an amazing Rider and on out from there, this show's got it all. (Keeping your chi moving for sure.)

Scorching Morning Dew.
Reviewer: BigShotLawyer - - April 1, 2006
Subject: Catholic School???
Nope. The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA is a public school and the oldest university in the US (chartered in 1693, before Harvard). When I was there in the early nineties there was a legend that the last Grateful Dead show on campus had coincided with a Parents Weekend several years before and that the Dead were thereafter banned from campus. Am interested whether anyone can confirm the rumor.
Reviewer: crazymona - - March 5, 2006
Subject: catholic school?
Hell YA!!!!
Reviewer: Peter_S - - February 24, 2006
Subject: This Show Has Energy!
I'm too much enjoying listening to this to go into any longwinded descriptions. Anyhow, they are not needed. Sometimes a show is just so right on, the energy of the show is leaning forward, the music propells itself through time, there is just no stopping it. That's what this show is about. You won't be bored, because this show will keep your chi moving!

Oh, and the sound quality is quite good too!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - November 17, 2005
Sick Let it Grow. Words can't suffice here.
Reviewer: funkytube - - November 14, 2005
Subject: good stuff
all around good stuff here

Weather Report Suite with Martine Fierro (sp?) is very nice. Very nice Dark Star...phil owns this version.

SBD recording cuts to an AUD recording at approximately 11:00 in Morning Dew until about 4:15 of Sugar Magnolia
Reviewer: swinnies - - November 3, 2005
Subject: Good show!
nice 73! for those who are interested, that is Martin Fiero on the horns. a little different, and according to Fiero, the heads hated him for bringing the horns into the mix! If only phish could have used some horns......
Quality show with good sound....
Reviewer: hyperboy - - October 31, 2005
Subject: China>UJB-like jam>Rider!
Whoa..wait a minute. This is now my favorite UJB-like jam during the China>Rider segue. I know there is much confusion among a lot of the youth visiting and reviewing shows here on the archive. Quite a bunch of the young newbies, for some reason, think this jam is Mind Left Body. But it is NOT. The boys played MLB jam during Dark Star or between The Other One and Spanish Jam, and even alone by itself in 1990-1991. (For a great MLB jam, get 10/19/73, OKC Fairgrounds.)

Anyway, this particular China>Rider segue is special. Actually, the entire medley is killer. Other highlights for me are WRS>Let it Grow, and a mind blowing Dark Star. Then there is DEW!!! Whoa! Check out Phil's thunder bass as they go into Jerry's first solo. DAMN, this is may want to tourn down the bass levels if listening in the car or at home unless your system can take it. This show is just f-ing superb all around.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - - September 18, 2005
Subject: don't miss this!
Once upon a time, before all the terrorist propaganda bullsh@@t began, Sept. 11th meant something different - Mickey Hart's birthday!! So when you've had enough of all the media fear mongering - get out this show and crank it up. Your state of mind will improve immediately!
I've had this show in MP3 for years, but listening now to this SHN copy, I realize I had under-rated this fine show. Maybe not a top ten, but it still holds its own against heavy competition in 1973. The Set One is well played as usual, with standout versions of Loser and China>Rider. The first set Half Step is a surprise and delivered with plenty of honky-tonk funkiness. Jerry's playing and vocals are passionate.
And then - - what else? Another great 1973 Playin. This version, although a bit shorter than most in 73, is so good, it's nearly the high point of the show for me. At about 3 minutes, right after the vocals, Garcia wastes no time in getting down to jam business. He breaks out the wah wah, and gives us a very mellow and melodic jam, while Bill keeps up the fast shuffle. The space jam near the end is pretty and leaves you with a smile.
Set Two begins with Sing Your Blues Away, and this would be the first show featuring the horn duo of Fierro and Ellis. All the following September shows included the horns on Sing Your Blues, Let it Grow, and sometimes Eyes. They were trying to promote the release of Wake of the Flood (Oct 1973) which featured those songs. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but listening back now, the horns seem to get in the way of the Dead's sound just a little. Still, they add a nice spice and make these September versions intereresting and different to hear. Let it Grow is high energy all the way, and when the sax solos kick in - well this is about as jazz fusion as it gets for the Dead. Jerry delivers some blistering leads about halfway through, with the sax weaving around him. A strong version. Big River is done with plenty of fire and twang. Deal is laid back but tasty nonetheless. Then, the cosmic Kool Aid arrives!
Dark Star starts with a long mellow jam, featuring some very creative colors from Phil and Jerry. They don't even play the Dark Star theme until 9 minutes into the piece - which leads into - the verse? Wrong! The rhythm section starts up a fast riff, which is taken up by Keith, then Jerry, and we're off to Jamville again! And Bill's drum work here is just stellar as usual. Comparisons to Mitch Mitchell come to mind. Finally after 17 minutes of jams, Jerry brings in the verse, then Phil drops the bomb and they take you to the Phil Zone for a few minutes (watch your speakers folks) before landing you - still vibrating - into a gorgeous Morning Dew. Dew fans, this bud's for you - 12 minutes of Jerry giving it all he's got. Why his guitar didn't burst into flame I don't know. The quiet sections are breathtaking, the loud ones will make your hair stand up.
An encore would have been nice, maybe an UJ's Band. But as is, a very enjoyable show. Recommended, along with 9/21 and 9/26.
Dr. Flashback :-)
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - August 14, 2005
Subject: It's all good
From start to finish, a great show. (Let Me Sing Your Blues, never a good song, at least is played well.) A nice Uncle John's Band riff in the middle of I Know You Rider, a really jammin' Playing in the Band that goes to some interesting places. A fabulous Weather Report Suite. (Watch out for Donna on Beat It, though.) An interesting Dark Star with a big Phil solo that resolves into a sweet Dew.

One of the best of '73.
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - - August 11, 2005
Subject: 14 min. china rider
this china rider is layed back it just melts in my visions of 73!ujb jam in the middle and those cherry jerry notes, if ya like to listen to the boyz 7am saturday mornings like i do,this is your show!!sounds great to me 5stars
Reviewer: Deadhead54 - - May 26, 2005
Subject: This is INCREDIBLE!!
This was my first of many dead shows that I've gotten here, and this one is by far the best one I've come across. The concert and audio quality is exceptional, with the exception of some pops and cracks, but they're small and have no real damage on the listening experience. Weather Report Suite Prelude>Weather Report Suite Part 1>Let it Grow is definitely the best version I've heard, with a funny conversation with Jerry in the start. I really wish I had actually been there, but this recording is as close as it gets to the real thing!!!
Reviewer: herbstudios - - October 1, 2004
Subject: Horns
hey now,
great show sounds great sbd.dead base states that
the horns start at wrs but i cant hear them until
let it grow .this is the first of eight shows with horns a must for any real deadhead
Reviewer: herbstudios - - October 1, 2004
Subject: Horns
hey now,
great show sounds great sbd.dead base states that
the horns start at wrs but i cant hear them until
let it grow .this is the first of eight shows with horns a must for any real deadhead
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - - September 27, 2004
Subject: yawn
Dark Star bored me to tears, until Phil threw down some thunder towards the end. The Climactic ending to Morning Dew saved the day, and made this DL worth while, absolutely smoking.
Reviewer: touchhead - - September 14, 2004
Subject: Mickey's B-day
candymann Previously states that this was Mickey's birthday...It was, but mickey was not playin' in the band in 73.
Reviewer: ferpetesak - - September 7, 2004
Subject: My first show!!!
And it stoned me..... My life was never the same. I was a freshman at W & M for orientation week and decided to go and see who these guys were.
What a long strange trip its been. FYI, the Doug Sahm band was the warm-up and the sax player from Doug Sahm played on Weather Report. At the end of the show (about 2:00 am as I recall), Bobby came out and said that the band had had such a good time that they decided to come back tomorrow nite(unannouced up to that point) - take out all the floor seats -general admission $3.00 per person. I went
Reviewer: magicgravy - - July 26, 2004
Subject: somebody slipped something into someones drink that night
dictionary definition of the term "psychedelic jazz" thank you. mr phil lesh. one of his rare solos. horns, exploration, great short countryÃÂÃÂÃÂàtunes. my favorite phil shows. fav jazz shows.
see also 3.28.73

im sorry, did i forget to mention the mindfu@#ck called "playing in the band?"
if you want to fall in love with the dead all over again, take some time and study this show. after a month or so, some of it will sink in, after a few years, like all fine wines.....
Reviewer: Franchi$e - - May 16, 2004
Subject: Dang Good!
Heckuva good show here. Sound quality is pure crisp excellence. First set is great throughout - excellent China->Rider, LLR and Playin' (nice wah work by Jerry). 2nd set is super-cool. Martin Fiero jams his butt off, and doesn't overstay his welcome. Great - and the DStar is adventerous, yet very accessible and friendly (other than towards the very end when Phil goes a little too over the edge for my taste). But this goes into a very beautiful and mild, moving to extremely passionate, Morning Dew. Great show - it would be a 6 on any other bands 5 point scale, but compared to other Dead shows, it's a 4 or 4.5 -- excellent show.
Reviewer: candymanan - - April 13, 2004
Subject: Mickey's 30th B-Day
It was a birthday in the band and they had a good night of it. A treat for all in attendance with an amazing setlist and even better execution of the songs...esp. LL Rain, Loser, WRS > Let it Grow. Sound quality is nice, even Lo-Fi sounds real good, but lossless is best. Enjoy this download :-)
Reviewer: xonix - - April 11, 2004
Subject: Very nice show!.
Very nice show with a very nice setlist. The highlight, as always with shows of this era, is the beautiful Weather Report Suite (why did this drop from the setlist after '74?!) The Dark Star is VERY good considering that this era isn't known for them

4/5 stars because 5 stars is reserved for the bees knees of concerts only.
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